Purchased premade beef meatballs with sauce. OMG, it is too SPICY Hot! I read adding Grana padano can help REDUCE the HEAT?

I have heard Grana padano cheese can help, but I cannot find that cheese in my area. Other ideas?

  • Posted by: Debra
  • February 11, 2016
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sexyLAMBCHOPx February 11, 2016

I definitely think adding some more cheese, cream. milk or butter - dairy in general could help.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx February 11, 2016

Since its a tomato-based sauce you could add more tomato sauce/tomatoes and a glug of an acid like vinegar or lemon.

amysarah
amysarah February 11, 2016

Unfortunately, I don't think Grana Padano (or anything similar, like Parm, Pecorino, etc.) would reduce the heat - maybe just add another flavor to balance it a little.

Is the heat in the sauce? If so, I'd dilute with non-spicy tomato sauce, or cream (if you want a creamy sauce, of course.)

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LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN February 11, 2016

i agree. suggestion: separate sauce from meatballs; remove 1 cup sauce to small saucepan; add smooshed canned plum tomatoes, a little tomato paste; combine; heat; taste. Better? or try same but with heavy cream. a little cream in a tomato sauce can be a very nice thing. keep adding whatever worked, but to the whole batch of sauce. If nothing works, maybe someone accidentally added a jar of cayenne and you need to return it.

LE BEC FIN
LE BEC FIN February 11, 2016

p.s. you can also add elements that absorb the excess cayenne, salt, sugar, whatever: white beans, cubed potatoes(raw), rice.

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